Is it possible to install linux/any unix based Operating system(Fedora etc..) to a machine which is having Vista Home Premimum(infact it is a Factory Image from the HP) installed already? By the way it is SATA hard disk. I have done this with WinXP(which was having IDE Disk) . I'm not sure this is possible or not with Vista. If that is possible please let me know which version would be compatible with this.
Thanks in Advance, [ August 05, 2008: Message edited by: Vijitha Kumara ]
The hard part is re-partitioning the hard disk without losing what you've already got. Partition Magic is a good solution for Windows users, but historically it was difficult to shrink down the OS partition itself. I don't know if that has been reliably resolved yet or not.
Of course, Microsoft isn't as friendly as in years gone by, so if you do resize the partition, it's just possible that you'll have to re-register Vista.
An IDE is no substitute for an Intelligent Developer.
Linux loves SATA - the machine I'm using right now is a SATA system.
One thing to watch out for, however, is that historically the literature referred to IDE drives as /dev/hda1, hda2, etc. and SCSI drives as /dev/sda1, sda2, etc.. Later other devices such as USB drives also got mapped to the sdx-series device names.
Somewhere around the 2.6.18 kernel, everything got folded into "sdx" device names - even IDE drives. I think there's some compatibility stuff left, just to confuse things, though.